Eight years ago, Liam was in the wrong place at the wrong time. Thrust into a world that’s c...moreThis review can be found at The Blog of Sid Love.
Eight years ago, Liam was in the wrong place at the wrong time. Thrust into a world that’s considered ‘Topside’, life as he knew it was just about over. His only saving grace is Riley, the man who was sucked into the mysterious place with him. Unfortunately for them, they had to endure one hellish situation after another to survive. Now Liam’s been in the ‘Colony’, a more civilized place than Topside, for five years but Riley’s been in a coma for just as long. Liam’s world is slowly falling apart but what will happen when Riley finally wakes up? Will Liam’s natural affinity to causing problems put them in more trouble then the two can handle?
I just want to say for the record that this book is really crazy! There are so many layers to not only the world and the characters but everything that Liam and Riley have to endure. They each had their own problems and now have the emotional and physical scars to prove it but this book is one that is constantly moving forward. When something happens, it doesn’t just resolve itself in a matter of moments but propels the story into another situation and another to the point that they’re all interwoven and almost all can be resolved in a specifc way… by Liam registering with the Eletes.
To be honest, I don’t feel comfortable trying to explain this story because it would be hard to recreate all that in so many words. What I will say is that this book definitely took me for a ride. Whenever I thought something was going good, Liam would inadvertently cause another problem or part of Riley’s mysteriousness would start to unravel and we’d learn something new about the characters and how much more complicated things could get.
About the characters, I absolutely adored them. Liam is so broken, complicated and almost naive. He’s… well, he’s a hot mess. He just wants to break Riley and him free of the Colony and go back to New York but he can’t do that and each time he’s denied his way of going home, he starts to unravel more and more, losing his mind, becoming anxious and panicky. He has these built in receptors that are extremely dangerous and could kill him if he gets too worked up, which he gets close to doing multiple times. He always thinks he’s found a way to get out of the ‘prison’ he’s in but each time it falls through and he slowly loses hope to the point that he becomes suicidal in his mission to get them back to New York.
Riley is like Liam’s rock but, at the same time, their situation is unique. Riley is even more complicated than Liam because, as the story progresses, you learn over and over how Riley is different from anyone else alive but not exactly how he got that way. It’s amazing and intriguing to see it all play out. Even more so because of the connection between Liam and Riley. Which, while I wouldn’t exactly consider it a sexual one at first, it is definitely an emotional one. They’re linked together through their shared experiences and have created a bond that is hard to break completely.
I had a few issues with the story, though. My main one is that I was confused a lot. The transitions between one problem and the next weren’t very smooth so I was always left scratching my head wondering how Liam or Riley ended up where they did, almost like there were scenes missing between one chapter break and the start of another. It was hard to follow when mixed with Riley’s disadvantage of losing his memories or with Liam’s panic attacks that cause them to black out.
Another thing I had trouble with was understanding Liam and Riley’s relationship because sometimes they would be in love and other times it was almost like they hated each other or were disgusted with one another. I’m not sure if it was meant towards one another or at something else that was keeping them apart but it made me semi uncomfortable… but then they’d confess their love and their emotional connection would be so prominent that I was able to overlook it sometimes. Beyond that, I must admit that I still have a ton of questions about the world and Riley and Liam’s relationship. What is going to happen to Riley? What exactly is Riley? How did he get that way? What is his place in the Colony? Why is Riley still so apprehensive about being touched during intimacy? There’s just so many questions revolving around Riley that I’m burning to know the answers of… but then I also want to know more about Liam and these mysterious people still trying to kill him. Or how the Elete will change him? What will the Elete do to him now? What about Norman? Or Vlad? Omg, there’s just so many questions that I want to know NOW!
Phew! In the end, this was an amazing story. It’s been a while since I’ve been so intrigued with a book that, even though it was a crazy story, I just couldn’t put it down. I was so invested in this one and how Liam and Riley would make things work or how Liam would get out of his next fuck up that I didn’t even notice I was gobbling up huge chunks of the story at a time. I didn’t expect that this would become such a complex book but I’m so glad I read it. I can’t wait to read more in this series and in this world. It’s such a fascinating world with emotionally damaged and fragile characters. I’d definitely recommend it to anyone looking for something different that’ll grab you by the balls and not let go… so to speak. LOL. I loved the book so much I even bought the paperback! :D (less)
Having just finished this, I must say that I'm sort of speechless. I'm not exactly sure what to say about this book. However, it's been a lon...more4.5 stars
Having just finished this, I must say that I'm sort of speechless. I'm not exactly sure what to say about this book. However, it's been a long time since I've felt the desire to stick with a story in one go and even longer since I've finished a book this long (82k+) in only a day.
With that said, there are a lot of warnings that should come with this book. For one, there is no romance in this one. In fact, I'd be hard pressed to even call it a gay novel because the main character is more asexual than anything. There are 'suggestions' and 'impressions' that this could turn into a gay romance but that could also be taken as the MCs just getting violent. But to those readers thinking they're picking up a young adult, new adult, whatever you want to call it, romance, you'll be sadly disappointed.
That out of the way, I'm extremely glad I read this. It might not be romance or m/m but I adored the characters and the journey I took with them. They're intense to say the least, psychotic and likely to fly off the handle bars but there was something about them that made me want to continue reading and find out where things were going. While I wouldn't say there's a huge cast of characters, there are more than the typical couple and a few side characters. The main contenders here are three guys: Neil, Andrew and Kevin. Neil is an asexual (kinda) who just wants to play Exy (which is like a sport that mixes lacrosse and ice hockey). He's a frightened kid but knows how crucial it is to lie low for fear of his father discovering where he is. Kevin is difficult to explain. He's mean and criticizes everything about Neil but at the same time, he's this lost soul who's been dealt just as crappy a hand as Neil has. Andrew is... psychotic. It's the only way to describe him. I don't understand how he became this way but he's got nothing to lose and he acts on that. He's five foot nothing but he's not afraid of staring down giants. He's amazing but scary and willing to keep everyone who he deems 'family' safe and right now that is Kevin.
The story follows Neil along as he gets accustomed to living in such an open place and playing the sport he loves. Immediately he has issues with Andrew and his gang (who are Neil's teammates) that makes his life difficult but he loves Exy enough to put up with the hostility from everyone. It's about the trials that Neil has to go through, the panic and fear he always has about being found out and being hunted again and the consequences he has to deal with when he makes his decisions regarding whether to stay or to run.
The only thing I didn't like about this book (aside from the lack of m/m romance, of course!) was how confused I was at times. The beginning will be hard to get through for some people because you're left wondering what is going on. You don't get the full back story for Neil or Kevin or even Andrew that really makes sense until well into the book so you're left wondering and probably saying WTF multiple times.
I feel that I should warn readers that this isn't exactly about the mafia either. While there's an undertone of it and even the threat of a yakuza pride descending on Neil and Kevin, it's not actually shown or very prominent in the story. Given that, I didn't much mind this because I felt like the whole book was focusing on second chances and Neil finally living a life, finding a home and standing up to his past. To do that, he needs Andrew and Andrew is willing to help him because of Kevin. It sort of seems like a love triangle but, like I said, this isn't romance. It is more of a bonding between these characters over a common issue.
To be honest, it's hard to explain this whole book because so much happens and is revealed that would spoiler the whole story if told. So, I'm going to leave it here. I enjoyed the novel. It has its issues but I found the whole thing fascinating and couldn't put the book down once I started. I liked that it wasn't saturated in sex but focused on such broken, and in Andrew's case, frightening characters. These characters are misfits, pure and simple and their attitudes and aggressions show that. It's a book of deceit, loyalty, dangerous situations and trust. It's not your traditional story but a gripping tale nonetheless and I'm really looking forward to seeing where the series goes from here and seriously how there's some m/m romance in the near future for Neil and Andrew!!(less)
This was an interesting story! I admit, I really enjoyed it but holy smokes were there a lot of things I found wrong with it!
Nigel is a real piece of work! He's a suicidal rock star pushing forty and looking to go out in a blaze of glory. Jeff, a third tour veteran of the Army, is made to babysit Nigel while Jeff's sister, who's also Nigel's manager, gives birth to his nephew. Nigel's more than Jeff can handle, though, and has to result to drastic measures to get through Nigel's stubborn, trouble making exterior.
At first, I didn't like Nigel. He was too needy and melodramatic for me. Gradually over the course of the book, I fell in love with him. He's like an onion. He has so many layers to his personality that when you peel back one layer, you find another and another and another until you reach the core of him. Jeff is a pretty standard no-nonsense character. By the end of the story, however, he grew a little too desperate and pleasing to me. Still, I liked him a lot.
The book started out just about perfect. It was extremely funny to the point I couldn't stop laughing for long periods of time. I loved the trouble Nigel put Jeff through. Nigel was so restless and when he got restless he'd want to go out. Those scenes were a treat because he'd go out dressed as a woman and I adored his multiple characters even Keiko the Kitten (who Jeff detested). The book is also extremely sweet. I melted at some of the parts when Nigel and Jeff were sharing their feelings. I also enjoyed their games of truth or dare. I found it funny that they couldn't lie during a game but yet they had no problems fibbing any other time.
While the book started out great, it didn't take long for it to lose it's perfect appeal. As I progressed in the story, some things got on my nerves. For instance, I hated the sister, Diedre. She was condescending and disrespectful to Jeff, her brother. She was a total bitch, very wishy washy because she'd talk all sweet and nice to Nigel then snap at Jeff and talk shit about Nigel behind his back. Honestly, if she was my sister I'd have either shot her or told her to shut the fuck up already. Talk about annoying. I didn't like how she treated Jeff in the beginning and I sure as hell didn't like how she treated Nigel in the end. Honestly, I could rant about her all day. She was a disgusting character. Classic example of why I don't like females in m/m books. They just cause unnecessary problems.
Beyond that, after Nigel and Jeff got together there was a lot of sex clustered very close together. I ended up skipping a few pages because it was back to back sex and got a tad boring to me. There's also the fact that a few of the scenes that I was looking forward to reading about are skipped or glossed over so we get the 'highlight' of what happens but not the actually by-play. That saddened me because one scene I'd have really enjoyed reading about is Nigel and Jeff's reunion after months of being apart. Lastly, there are so many unanswered questions and loose ends. The most obvious is the fact that there's never a diagnosis given for why Baby Hazard ended up in the hospital (view spoiler)[babies don't just stop breathing and have their lips turn blue for no reason! Something had to have caused Baby Hazard to stop breathing but there's never an explanation given! (hide spoiler)] Oh! And I felt like the end was unresolved. We don't know what's going to happen next between Nigel and Jeff. Is Jeff going to give up his dreams and constantly be on the road with Nigel? What about school? So many unresolved threads. Nigel was also a bit inconsistent with being from Britain. He was speaking almost all American English in the beginning but by the end he was all of a sudden very British. Although he really only used 'knackered' and 'bloody'. Just overly so.
Overall, even with the many faults of the story, I can't deny that I really enjoyed it. I laughed so hard in the beginning, I awwwed during the middle and I was engrossed in the end. It's not a perfect book but one I hope we get a continuation for someday to at least tie up all the loose ends.["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>(less)
This one was hard to get through. For all those that don't know, this story is bittersweet. While we know what is going to happen from the very beginn...moreThis one was hard to get through. For all those that don't know, this story is bittersweet. While we know what is going to happen from the very beginning, it does not lessen how much I cried in the end.
I was a big baby in this one, I admit. Usually it takes a lot for me to cry but this story was too close to home for me to remain stoic. Jacob is a man diagnosed with breast cancer. As a way to die peacefully, he moves alone to Scotland. In his pain, he's visited by the beautiful angel, Lucifer. While Lucifer isn't Jacob's guardian angel, he still feels a draw towards Jacob he can't resist. They come to depend on one another. Lucifer brings Jacob company and a way to counteract the pain while Jacob makes Lucifer realize he still holds emotions.
This is really a sad story. Jacob is in so much pain and misery over a lost love and the unjustness of his cancer at a young age. He's a bit bitter towards God which makes the story all the more excruciating. Lucifer is just as heartbreaking because he's unaccustomed to wanting to be near a human and having to deal with that desire.
What readers need to know, is this isn't really a romance. Sure, there are romantic elements (i.e. feelings, love and affection) but there is no undying love between Lucifer and Jacob. Sorry to break it to you but Lucifer and Jacob are like comfort food. They find in each other what they couldn't find in their real true loves. HOWEVER, the story does explore Lucifer's love, Raphael, and a bit of Jacob's love, Lucien. It's sweet the way these two feel but heartbreaking as well.
Even with all the tears I shed and how much I was enjoying the story, I still had a few problems. Mainly the ending. It leaves a lot to be desired because it ends so oddly (not in relation to Jacob, though). It just left me with so many questions. (view spoiler)[I wanted to know what Raphael went through to have been so damaged in the end. Also, does this now mean Raphael is a fallen angel? Would God really be so callous as to rip out his WINGS? Or was this Michael's doing? And if it was Michael's doing, did he do it at the hands of God's okay?! What a bigoted fucker if that's true! (hide spoiler)] I also didn't like how contradictory Lucifer was at times.
Beyond that, this story was amazing. Most likely others will not think as much or cry as much as I did but the story was still great. It's sad and heartbreaking but extremely touching. It's angsty for sure but I'm glad I read it, it shed some much needed light on love and lose. Definitely recommended to those brave enough to read it! :D["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>(less)
While I thought Ghost was a great book, this one turned out to be even better!
This story picks up where Ghost ends, although a few hours afte...more4.5 stars
While I thought Ghost was a great book, this one turned out to be even better!
This story picks up where Ghost ends, although a few hours after it, with us trying to figure out what Fen's answer to Malick's question was. There is so much more suspense in this story than in the previous one and we see the emotions flow more freely between all the characters. So many dangerous things happen within this story from injuries to sickness to ambushes to losses, it truly left me on the edge of my seat. Fen and Malick do things that I never thought they'd have the heart to do which made the story even more interesting.
While Fen isn't as cold and standoffish as he was before, he is still filled with hatred and anger. He needs to be in control and curses at everything that takes that control away from him. He still stands on that edge of insanity but multiple factors cause him to almost lose his mind completely. Malick is still arrogant and carefree but I believe he does show his emotions towards Fen more freely now. While we don't necessarily meet new people in this one, we do get to know Fen's family more as well as more of Malick's 'family'.
In all honesty, I loved this book so much. I couldn't put it down once I started and devoured it just like I did the previous book. It's all just so detailed. It allows you to actually delve into the characters minds so deeply I thought I was truly connected to each character. I understood them. Most of the time. I ached for them. I mourned for their losses and their grief because I felt that close of a connection to all of them. I was able to understand and evaluate the chaos of all their thoughts but more specifically I was able to do that with Fen which I found truly awesome because of the edge of insanity he stands precariously on. The way his mind was told was strange and fascinating and I couldn't help but be intrigued.
I will say I was shocked by some of the things that happened within the story but mostly by the ending and what happened. I'm so curious whether these turn of events will truly help Fen and allow him to live a normal life or if it'll just make matters worse and finally push him off that ledge he stands on.
I still had a few problems with the book like I did with the first in the series. The various POV shifts between a lot of the characters, both main and secondary, grew a little tiresome because I always wanted more of Fen or Malick or a certain scene from their POV instead of someone else's. Also, there was still a slight problem with the run-on monologues which I tended to notice happened a lot with secondary characters.
All in all, definitely a great addition to this series. This is one of my favorite series now because the world and the characters are truly fascinating but more than that, the way Ms. Cummings writing captures and holds my attention so well is truly amazing. I can't wait to read more about Fen and Malick and see where the events that happened in this book take them. Definitely recommended!(less)
I read this because I thought it was related to Shira Anthony's other story from DSP - The Dream of a Thousand Nights. While it is set in the same wor...moreI read this because I thought it was related to Shira Anthony's other story from DSP - The Dream of a Thousand Nights. While it is set in the same world and does contain the same characters (I think), it is actually not related to the other book at all. Think of this story as what could happen in an parallel universe from A Thousand Nights.
The Prince (who I think is Neriah) is depressed, a beloved prince by his people, his family and his father and mourning his lost wife, the princess. The Prince makes a wish and Tamir comes along to grant it and instead shows The Prince all he has to live for.
I actually thought this was a nice little story. I was expecting something different but what I got instead I enjoyed. It was nice seeing Tamir and The Prince as something other than what they were in A Thousand Nights. I can see how the story was derived from this little short. It's funny how much A Thousand Nights changed from this story, though.
Still, it's a quick read and something I'd recommend if you're looking for something fast. (less)
This was a nice, well written story. It's sweet and a tad angsty but enjoyable. I liked how the premise was different, dealing with Pakal bei...more3.5 stars
This was a nice, well written story. It's sweet and a tad angsty but enjoyable. I liked how the premise was different, dealing with Pakal being a spirit guide and Jake an abused man. I liked their journey together.
I think my biggest problem with the story, though, was the pacing. It begins slowly with a nice build up but then it goes by very fast. Everything happens quickly and while there's a few suspenseful moments, there's not much onscreen fighting for what they had to go through to end up together. I was a bit saddened by that because it seemed so elaborate but never shown. The rest is pretty much over almost as soon as it begins, I'd have liked more details about the ending.
All in all, a good book. I liked it and I'll be reading more by Ms. Carrington. (less)
This was such an amazing book. The concept is unique and interesting. Once I started, I got sucked into the story.
I loved both characters. The suffer...moreThis was such an amazing book. The concept is unique and interesting. Once I started, I got sucked into the story.
I loved both characters. The suffering Alex goes through being stuck as a man when he wants to be a female is quite intense as well as having his boyfriend not want to touch him is heartbreaking. The struggle Damon goes through in accepting that his girlfriend, Alex, is a shifter and stuck as a man was awe-inspiring because it would have been easy for him to just leave Alex right then.
Their relationship isn't much of a romance for most of the book but there's already feelings there so most of the story is about Damon coming to accept that his love for his girlfriend is still the same when his girlfriend is a man instead. Then there's Alex that has to come to terms with possibly being stuck as a man forever. It's sweet and intense and angsty but it was an amazing story. Plus, the world is really awesome. There are so many shifter stories out there but how many are people shifting into a different gender? None that I've read and that's why I enjoyed this book so much. It's different and unique. The book also slowly develops but I never wanted to stop reading even though there's not much suspense.
While the book was awesome, I still had a few problems with it. It's alternating first person POVs which is my least favorite. I'd forget who's POV I was in sometimes and had to reread a few passages to figure out who's head I was in. There's also a few repetitive phrases, words and meanings that grew tiresome because they were used so much. The ending was a bit abrupt, too. I'd have liked to actually see their wedding.
Aside from that, this was a truly great story, one I'd love to have in paperback. I'm glad I finally read it and curious if Ms. Witt will write more in this world someday. Definitely recommended for those who want something different.(less)
(view spoiler)[I liked Peter much better in this one!! Even though Eric and Peter weren't really a couple, he was much, much, much nicer to Eric. So,...more(view spoiler)[I liked Peter much better in this one!! Even though Eric and Peter weren't really a couple, he was much, much, much nicer to Eric. So, he is back in my good graces ^_^ (hide spoiler)]
Anyway, it was another great continuation to the series and it felt as if it had way more action and suspense than the previous two which I really enjoyed. It wasn't as funny as the first one but still funnier than the second one and I think Peter, Eric and Althea got a bit closer by the end of the book because all their feelings were laid out to each other.
We meet a bunch of new superheroes and supervillains which was pretty cool because some of them have awesome powers. Can't wait to see what happens in the next one and how Eric is coping with being back to normal again. Definitely recommended :)["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>(less)
At first I wrote this really long review detailing almost everything that happened and what I felt about it. When I was done it was more like a synops...moreAt first I wrote this really long review detailing almost everything that happened and what I felt about it. When I was done it was more like a synopsis and not a review so I deleted it. I asked myself why did I have to write it all out and it made me wonder but in the end it made reading this book and writing this review easier because as I wrote I got out all my issues. I ranted and I raved about my problems but then I gushed and I praised about what I loved.
The main thing that needs to be known is that the blurb is both very misleading and does not do the book justice. If you're looking for an amazing book set around an underground organization you will get it. However, if you're looking for a book with a focus on gay romance you will not. It's difficult for me to classify this as m/m at all because honestly the romance between Nikki and Nate was more of a behind the scenes romance that you barely saw while the m/f romance between Morgan and Julian took center stage.
The trials and errors of what Julian and Nikki did within the organization were both fascinating and horrifying. I enjoyed reading about what they did. I loved seeing them go through with their plans, seeing them get hurt and seeing them fight as only proud men can. The setting and the problems with the city and the organization is exactly what I'm looking for when I want a mobster book. I want to know about the crimes that happen, the people that are murdered and the innocents that are lost. I would give this book 10 stars if it had just been that because in all honesty it was an extremely captivating world. I was sucked in literally from the start because of it.
While I had a couple of problems with the book my main issue was how weak the m/m romance was. I was expecting a lot of it from the blurb but instead I felt like I got slapped in the face with an m/f relationship instead. In reality, this book turned out to be completely different than I expected but once I got past my shock of girlie bits I ended up loving the book (that of course didn't stop me from bitching about the m/f or from hating the stupid girl in it).
The plot in this book is shocking, chaotic, suspenseful, heart breaking and absolutely fucking crushing. Its funny at times and sweet at others then it'll be heart-clenchingly sad. I've cried at least twice during it and even now my chest hurts. Even when I thought things would start to settle, events are again set into motion (view spoiler)[Such as Julian being a complete dumbass and basically starting his own city which causes old enemies to return (hide spoiler)] that makes Julian and Nate unable to leave their old life behind but at the same time it cements Nate getting something he truly wants. Don't mistake me, however, this story does end happily (view spoiler)[ mostly (hide spoiler)].
One thing that needs to be said is this story is in no way easy. Something completely major and completely fucked up happens towards the middle and things turn crazy and havoc reigns and things just get worse because of it. The characters are all broken in one way or another and if they aren't at the beginning they are after the tragic event that happens. I fell in love with Nikki, Nate and Julian. They are all damaged but they all need each other. (view spoiler)[ If I could change anything I would allow Nikki to survive. The book was intense but I would have given anything for him to cheat death just one more time and see him and Nate get the HEA they truly deserve. And even though that didn't happen, I'm still happy with how the book turned out. Sure, I still have my hangups about it but I absolutely loved it anyway. (hide spoiler)]
The writing is good but at times it feels stunted and choppy. There are more than just a few editing mistakes and there are POV shifts almost constantly so at times the head-hopping gets a bit annoying. The flow of the story is easy to follow even though the beginning was a bit hard to get through but once you get used to the style, it's very easy to follow along.
All in all, would I recommend this book? Yes and no. The premise is the absolutely best thing about this story. The idea that an organization can literally rule a whole city is unrealistic but in this book it's completely believable and I'd recommend this book just for that because in the end, it's not all roses and daises. The organization does fall and we see that happen. Some people are turned off by m/f romances and all I can say is I am too. I probably wouldn't have read this if I'd known it's predominately m/f and while I would have missed out on an amazing book I wouldn't have been the wiser about it. I'm glad Nate got an HEA but in the end while he and Nikki are in the blurb, I still know barely anything about them besides a few facts I learned here and there from Julian or Morgan. They weren't the focus of the story even with how influential Nikki is to everyone. So if anything, let this be a warning that you'll be reading a het romance but also that this was bittersweet. It does not end well for almost everyone but it does have an HEA for those who do survive. It was both a painful read and a intense one but in the end I walk away with the pleasure of being able to have read it. ["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>(less)
I have to admit, what first attracted me to this novel was the cover. Right away, I was drawn to it and every time I would go cruising Samhai...more4.5 stars
I have to admit, what first attracted me to this novel was the cover. Right away, I was drawn to it and every time I would go cruising Samhain's website, I'd always go back to this book. It's just gorgeous *sigh*
To me, this book was outstanding. I got caught up in the feelings of both Colton and Killian. Colton with his brokenness, anger and shame and Killian with his blunt possessiveness, his desire to claim, to care and to use. I was lost to these characters and the way they couldn't help but fall for each other. They buried themselves so deep in my heart, I felt every emotion they felt.
Ms. Marlowe's writing was extremely captivating. It drew me in and even though there was a bit too many sex scenes for my tastes, the writing made me want to read them anyway to see what would happen next in Colton or Killian's minds. To see what new development would come into light that these two characters couldn't help but share even unintentionally with each other. It was enthralling and I didn't want to stop reading. And how could you not love the red ribbon and kisses?! My favorite parts were when either Killian or Colton would say, "No kisses for you!" It was so cute!
Aside from the sex, I'm curious about some things. Curious about the negotiations Killian is supposed to have with the new council? I'd like to see what happens after the three month vacation is over and how Killian's family reacts to him loving a shifter. I would have liked to see more characters in the story like Killian's family (although knowing Lucien is getting his own story makes me giddy ^_^) I'm curious about the Prince. He was quite interesting and I want to know everything about him. He's so young but so talented! I hope he someday gets his own story with a sexy werewolf like Killian. Lol
All in all, this was a great story. I didn't want to put this down once I started it. I can't wait to see what Ms. Marlowe writes next because I love her writing. Definitely recommended.
Fair Warning: This book does contain BDSM elements that involves bondage and whipping. There's also aggressive manhandling that some might call violence but I, however, do not. (less)
I've been thinking on this review for days now but I just can't actually put into words what I'm feeling or what I want to say. However, I happen to t...moreI've been thinking on this review for days now but I just can't actually put into words what I'm feeling or what I want to say. However, I happen to think Emanuela's review does an awesome job of explaining everything you need to know about this novel.
It's not often I like books like this one. One's that are realistic in how they end. I need my HEA's like I need water and when I don't get them I get cranky and take off stars for it but there's just something about this book that made me overlook the fact it doesn't end on a good romantic note. In fact, it's questionable as to whether or not it ended on a good note at all. And I didn't mind that at all.
It rubbed me raw. I didn't cry (much). I didn't get angry. And even though I didn't let myself feel any of the characters emotions or feelings this book still rubbed me raw. It was devastating and exhilarating because I was hooked in the story. I wanted to know what happened next, how they were going to survive the war, what happens after the war and I got all my answers. I fell in love with the characters. Andrew is the main POV but we occasionally get glimpses of Mitchell's. Andrew and Tottori just burrowed their way into my heart and while I didn't like Mitchell all that much, Andrew loved him enough for me to at least like him. Lol
I know a lot of people don't want to read books that don't have HEAs and those people will probably skip right over this one but I strongly encourage you not to skip it. It was an exceptional read and I strongly advise everyone to give it a try. (less)
For anyone that really knows me, they know how much I love certain aspects inside the m/m genre. Fantasy, arranged marriage, cruelty and abus...more4.5 stars
For anyone that really knows me, they know how much I love certain aspects inside the m/m genre. Fantasy, arranged marriage, cruelty and abuse, quasi Stockholm Syndrome, emotionally messed up and broken characters, kidnapping or hostage situations, all those elements always end up making an exceptionally great book, in my eyes. With Snowflakes and Embers I felt like I was in heaven while reading it because it has all those elements (sans kidnapping. Sort of).
To fully describe what happens in this book would turn out to be a synopsis because the book is extremely long but when it comes to fantasy, those are always the best kind. We get details, a lot of details, in this book. We get background information because it is all very important but most importantly we get to actually see almost all of the situations and problems play out. We learn about Deseem's life as a young teen and what he goes through because of his family, the choices that are taken away from him and how he ends up being this shell of a man when he finally meets Liam. Liam, however, is a mystery in his own way. We know about him but the things he's gone through in his life are both horrendous and awe-inspiring because of how he's been able to survive with it.
What I took from this book, though, was acceptance and strength. Being able to see Liam and Deseem grow and change from damaged characters who couldn't get out of their custom roles to individuals who ended up loving each other even with the hardships they've faced was amazing. I felt what they felt. Their emotions were my emotions and whenever one of them was hurt or sad, I was hurt or sad. Honestly, both of them broke my heart because of how unique and strange they are compared their own people. Their relationship developed slowly and I really enjoyed that because it gave me the opportunity to enjoy the characters for who they were on the inside. Simply put, I loved these characters.
I really did love this book because both the setting and the characters, were extremely interesting. However, this book had a lot of editing mistakes and at times it drew me out of the story but after a while I got used to it enough to bypass them. Also, at times Liam really pissed me off. While I love slow, intense build ups, his constant denial and bringing Deseem closer just to push him away annoyed and frustrated me but I knew why he did it so I accepted it even if I wanted to pull his head out of his ass then beat him with a stick.
Overall, I really adored this book. It caught my attention from the beginning and kept it there. Deseem and Liam buried themselves inside my heart and wouldn't let up for even a minute. The world captivated me with the different cultures and the creatures involved. I'm not ready to let these two go yet so I sincerely hope there will be a sequel about them in the near future. Definitely recommended. (less)
3.5 stars - FYI, this is a rant which might be slightly harsh. Read at your own risk.
I think this book should have been called Lover Revisited or Love...more3.5 stars - FYI, this is a rant which might be slightly harsh. Read at your own risk.
I think this book should have been called Lover Revisited or Lover Retold because this book was probably 60% about Vishous and his issues, 30% of Payne and Manny and 10% of other peeps like Qhuinn, Xcor, Luis and Veck. Now, I loved Vishous I really did. He was my boy but after this book? I don't love him so much. I feel like Payne and Manny got cheated out of their book because Vishous took over. I was disappointed. I was so excited about Payne having her own book and then I get more of Vishous. Which, I mean, is cool but come on! His story was told already! We didn't need to get another one of his!
It was hard for me to rate this because I honestly, truly, loved Payne and Manny's story. BUT I really hated the constant need to go back to Vishous in the middle of a Payne and Manny scene. It was annoying. Like, give me a break. A sex scene with Vishous was done without a break in between but the sex scenes with Payne and Manny? Those were broken up right in the middle of when the good stuff was happening between them. That pissed me off!
I loved Payne and Manny. A good part of their story is her hurt and crippled. Manny is brought in to fix her (because he's a surgeon and all) but he did more than just surgery on her *wink, wink*. It was hot. Payne is totally badass, in my opinion. I mean, she's a bit emotional but I think that gave her a little something else that Xhex had been missing. But really, she was crippled and thinking she'd never walk again. Who wouldn't be a bit emotional?! I loved Manny. He intrigued me in previous books but I didn't like him as much then as I do now. Now, I love him. He's probably my favorite male now. Well, maybe. Hard to decide between him and Rhage. Vishous is just soooo low on my totem pole now. Sadly. I enjoyed Payne and Manny's story, though. It was sweet and heart-breaking but not overly so. They made the book interesting for me. (view spoiler)[I totally thought it was awesome that Manny is Butch's bro and a relative of Wrath. Total shocker there. And I'm really glad that Payne is able to keep Manny young because how sad would that have been if he died way before her?! I wonder if they'll have kids now.... (hide spoiler)]
Qhuinn is really something else. I like him but I'm getting sick of his and Blay's story being told in the background over, how many books is it now? 4 or 5 books? It's getting a tad annoying. They need their freaking story already. BUT I liked how Qhuinn was able to accept things now he couldn't in the past. (view spoiler)[And can I get a hell yeah that he's celibate for a majority of the story?! About freaking time. Now, he just needs to make the moves on Blay and I'll be satisfied (hide spoiler)].
Layla.(view spoiler)[Man, she better not end up with Qhuinn somehow because that ending? Yeah, that ending made me lose my confidence in Qhuinn ending up gay. And I will be really pissed off if that's the case. (hide spoiler)]
Vishous and Jane. Well, I already ranted about that earlier but I really did not like either of them in this one. Jane annoyed me in the beginning the way she was pining away after Manny. Lady, I don't need to know how much you miss and love another guy that's not your mate. I just don't. I will probably get crucified for this but I hated Vishous in this one. He was a whiny little bitch and I really did not care for his constant dwelling over shit I thought was solved in his book. I got sick of it. There was no point to it. He and Jane really, really needed to get the boot from the story. They made it less enjoyable. I actually ended up skimming his scenes once or twice. Oops! Okay, so he got a little better by the end, less annoying at least, but it still didn't make up for how much he ruined my enjoyment of the story.
I used to love how JR Ward would leave us hanging on the scene changes. It annoyed me but the anticipation was always sweeter when I found out what happened next. In this one, though, I felt like it was all wrong. The POV shifts happened at the wrong times (like right in the middle of Payne and Manny having sex even though that never happened while Vishous was having sex! Fucker!). It grew tiresome and made me roll my eyes when the scene would shift and it was all so Vishous could pop back in again.
There wasn't much suspense in this one. I can't actually remember how much suspense was in previous books but this one was low on the suspense until the last quarter of the book or so (when Payne showed she really does kick ass!) But that was fine with me because Payne was hurt and Manny is not a brother, he's a doctor. I felt like the ending was a bit too fast, though, and not extravagant enough for what's been previously written in the series. I did enjoy Xcor and hope to get more of him and his bastards soon.
In the end, I loved this book but I didn't. I loved Payne and Manny and I even liked Xcor, Qhuinn and Veck but this was not Payne and Manny's book. This was Vishous's and that really pissed me off. You wouldn't know from the blurb (which is more than misleading) you were getting a Lover Unbound sequel. You'd have never guessed and if I had a clue about Vishous taking over Payne and Manny's story, I probably would have enjoyed the story more but instead the more I read the more it angered me because I waited all this time for Payne and Manny and instead I got a story that was essentially already told. It's sad and the way Ward is taking this series is seriously making me lose faith in it.
Still, I will read Lover Reborn because I've waited even longer for Thor's story than I have for Manny's and Payne's. ["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>(less)
Talon and Liam are polar opposites. Talon is stoic, arrogant and cold, sneering at humans because they are beneath him whereas Liam is full of energy,...moreTalon and Liam are polar opposites. Talon is stoic, arrogant and cold, sneering at humans because they are beneath him whereas Liam is full of energy, recklessness and boyish-charm, smiling and making friends where ever he goes because he's so likable. Talon doesn't like Liam from the start and it only gets worse when he realizes Liam is his mate.
I really liked this one. The characters were interesting and the world building was fascinating. The descriptions about the differences between Kuryeens and Earthbreed humans kept my attention throughout the whole book and the conflict with Talon's pride and having a mate like Liam and the repercussions of it really interested me.
My only problem with it was how short it was and how much sex there was. I would have liked to have it a bit longer and a bit more explained about where Liam and Talon will go from here but I still really enjoyed this one because it kept me smiling through the book. I'm hoping there will be more about them someday. Definitely recommended. (less)
Harper Fox is a hit or miss author for me. Sometimes I really enjoy her books and others I just can't seem to finish. Nevertheless, I really liked thi...moreHarper Fox is a hit or miss author for me. Sometimes I really enjoy her books and others I just can't seem to finish. Nevertheless, I really liked this one. It's a bit angsty and deals with Matt who's neck-deep in drugs, alcohol and sex.
It was hard for me to like Matt. He's a very fragile character that needs firm and constant support to stay sober and sane. You would think being burned the way Matt did that he'd be insecure and distrustful to others but surprisingly he's not. In fact, he allows stuff to happen that kind of puts him in the same situation he was in with Joe, which I wasn't all that fond of. Aaron is probably the only person that can keep Matt sober. He's kind, gentle, attentive, everything Matt needs except, Aaron has his own problems. I really loved Aaron even when I found Matt's actions disgusting.
The story deals mostly with Matt's struggle to get back into the land of the living and stop being self-destructive. The journey he takes through his grieving and finally accepting to move on was sad and I felt his pain even when I didn't like what he was doing. I loved the relationship Aaron and Matt created and the fact Aaron got Matt on the straight and narrow and the eventual realization of just how deep they've both come to love each other and what they'll do for that love.
While I really liked the story, there were some problems I had with it. I found Matt's recollections of his time with Joe really repetitive so I was getting frustrated with his constant mentions of what he and Joe used to do. The story also does a lot of telling and not showing which grew aggravating because all I wanted was to see these scenes play out instead of hearing (even when Matt was giving a byplay of the dialogues he was having with others) of how they took place. I also wished there had been more scenes of Matt and Aaron as a couple, like the three month gap after Christmas that we didn't get to see but were told some parts of. Aside from that, the story ended rather abruptly, IMO. I liked that there were a lot of scenes with Aaron and Matt still in that awkward stage before a relationship but I wanted to see them after they confirmed their feelings for each other. I feel like there was something vital missing from the story because we don't see them doing anything outside what they do in their apartment. We don't really know much about Aaron until the end and even then it wasn't nearly enough character depth for him, IMO.
Overall, I really liked the story. It deals with some concepts that you don't see much of (the constant drugs/drinking use) that are handled properly (the actions, the risks, the realization you might die from your stupid behavior and then going on the wagon) but I liked (more or less) the way the author handled Matt's struggle. A very good story but I really wished it hadn't ended where it ended because now I want to know more!(less)
This is the type of book I could reread numerous times and never get bored with or stop myself from crying while reading it. It's such a sweet story,...moreThis is the type of book I could reread numerous times and never get bored with or stop myself from crying while reading it. It's such a sweet story, a fairy tale of Beauty and the Beast.
I connected with the characters right from the start. Naef and Aerie-Smith buried themselves into my heart. Their pain was my pain, their happiness was my happiness. And no matter how many times I read this it always feels like I'm reading it for the first time. Experiencing the curse, watching Naef find himself in his 'chubby bunny' body and realizing Aerie-Smith and Naef aren't in love because of what they see of each other but of who they are inside and the truth they see in the dark. It always breaks my heart and makes me cry happy tears whenever I get to the end and realize it wasn't the chubby bunny Aerie-Smith saw and loved but of who Naef was from the start that captured Aerie-Smith's heart.
The curse in the story was at times both tame and frustrating. To think Aerie-Smith got cursed because of such a simple thing made me so sad. And the way he's so guilt-ridden and shamed by it was horrible. But Naef didn't blame him or was disgusted by it and tried to show Aerie-Smith that. Which gave me a giddy smile for how he proves it.
In the end, I absolutely loved this book. I've read it multiple times and each time it gets better and better and no matter how many times I read it, I always cry, every time, in the same exact spots. It's a book I'd recommend everyone. (less)
Hands down, the best out of the series, IMO. While I loved the first two and how Brandon was working through his problems with being in the closet, th...moreHands down, the best out of the series, IMO. While I loved the first two and how Brandon was working through his problems with being in the closet, they just had too much sex for my liking. This one, though, this one had just the right amount of hot, rope tying sex but also more suspense to it than the others. I loved it.
Brandon, while still an asshole at times (but, you know, who can blame him? His daughter was just kidnapped!), he didn't act like the douche bag he was in the previous two books because he's more or less out in this one and he just doesn't give a shit anymore because what's there to live for if his daughter is dead? Nicky, sweet Nicky *sigh* I still love him. You see a kind of whole new side to him in this one with him trying to appease Brandon and get him to start thinking clearly and everything. He gets thrust into having his house invaded by Brandon's family so he has to be on his best behavior but also because Brandon puts him into certain situations that make Nicky evaluate what Brandon is to him and instead of leave Brandon like anyone else probably would, he stays and helps Brandon get over his temporary insanity.
I pretty much knew who the kidnapper was from the beginning but I wasn't absolutely positive until about the 60% mark. There were a few WTF moments of me screaming at my kindle asking it why they didn't just do it this way or that way but that's pretty much the norm for me when it comes to suspenseful mysteries.
Other than that, I immensely enjoyed it and I hope there will be more of Brandon and Nicky to come especially since I'm curious as to whether the rift between Brandon and his dad will ever get settled and how Shayna does months down the road after her kidnapping to see if she's healing or not and how Brandon and Nicky are settling in as a live-in couple. I definitely recommend this series. (less)